Nov 13 2012 By David Baker
RAIL users in Harrow have called the average fare hike of 4.2 per cent on Tubes and buses planned for next year ‘regrettable’.
London Mayor Boris Johnson announced the one per cent above inflation rises last week which will take effect on January 2.
The increases mean Oyster Card users face a rise of 5p to £1.40 on single bus journeys, while cash fares will go up by 10p to £2.40.
Off peak journeys from zone five, including Harrow on the Hill and Harrow and Wealdstone, into zone one will rise from £2.90 to £3, while peak fares on the same journey will cost £4.60, up from £4.40.
Anthony Wood, chairman of Harrow Public Transport Users Association, said: “It is obviously regrettable that there are any increases at all but the money for all the improvements has to come from somewhere.
“What we are more upset about is the fact that those improvements do not include lifts and greater accessibility at Harrow on the Hill, which should be a top priority.”
Regular commuters will also be hit by the fare increases with weekly, zones one to five, travelcards going up from £49.80 to £51.80, with monthly passes and annual passes also being hiked by the same four per cent margin.
The increase was expected to be greater than one per cent above inflation but Boris Johnson secured an extra £96million of government funding, meaning the increase was reduced.
Mr Johnson said: “Before the end of the year I will spell out further investment on the transport network that will help us to provide faster, more frequent and reliable journeys for Londoners.
“This fares package is hugely important to our millions of passengers and I am very pleased to have secured nearly £100m that will help to keep fares as low as possible, and protect the important concessions that we offer the most vulnerable Londoners.”
All free and concessionary travel will be protected under the changes, including the new 60+ London Oyster card.